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Despite walking boot, Favre says he might play Sunday

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is not ruling himself out of Sunday's game despite two fractures in his left ankle.

Favre, 41, wore a walking boot on his left leg during his regular Wednesday news conference. He said he doesn't anticipate participating in a full practice this week but added he has a knack for healing quickly.

Favre, hurt Sunday, has a stress fracture and avulsion fracture in the heel bone, where a fragment has been torn away by a tendon or ligament. He doesn't need surgery, and he said after consulting with doctors he's confident he can't make the injury worse by playing.

Since taking over as the starter for the Packers in 1992, Favre has started 291 consecutive games (315 including the playoffs), one with a broken thumb. But he insisted he won't put his pride in the record over the sake of the team.

"I'm very proud of the streak, but it probably should have ended a long time ago," Favre said. "Whether it ends this week or it ends at the end of the year, it ends, and I will always be proud of it."

49ers change QBs: With quarterback Alex Smith declared out for 2-3 weeks with a separated left shoulder, Troy Smith will start Sunday. It will be the first start for the Ohio State star and 2006 Heisman Trophy winner since Dec. 30, 2007, while with the Ravens. David Carr replaced Alex Smith on Sunday but threw an interception that led to Carolina's winning field goal.

Bills: Starting left tackle Demetrius Bell missed practice due to a knee injury. The team did not disclose details.

Chiefs: Linebacker Mark Simoneau, 30, signed. He hasn't played since sustaining a back injury in 2007 while with the Saints. In all, he has 68 starts among 123 games over eight seasons.

Jaguars: Defensive end Derrick Harvey, the eighth overall pick in 2008, won't start Sunday. The ex-Gator has just six sacks for his career. Jeremy Mincey, another former Gator, will start instead.

Packers: Linebacker Brad Jones went on season-ending injured reserve for a right shoulder injury that needs surgery. Coach Mike McCarthy said Jones, who has started five games, hurt the same shoulder that has bothered him since training camp Sunday against the Vikings.

Panthers: Running back DeAngelo Williams, who hobbled off the field in the final minute Sunday, missed practice with a foot injury. The team disclosed neither details nor his status.

Raiders: With quarterback Bruce Gradkowski still limited by a sore shoulder, Jason Campbell, who started Sunday, and Kyle Boller split reps with the first team during practice. Coach Tom Cable said he will announce a starter by Friday.

Rams: Safety Michael Lewis signed. The nine-year vet was released by the 49ers on Oct. 1 when he skipped a practice and a road trip in reacting to the news he lost his starting job to rookie Taylor Mays. Lewis started every game in which he appeared over three-plus seasons with San Francisco.

Titans: Quarterback Vince Young practiced for the first time since spraining his left knee and ankle Oct. 18 against the Jaguars. But his status for Sunday hasn't been determined.

Despite walking boot, Favre says he might play Sunday 10/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 10:13pm]
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